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River Phoenix (1970 - 1993)

Born in an artistic, penniless hippie family, River Phoenix was brought up playing music and, the charming singing act he formed with his sister Rain rapidly attracted the attention. At only twelve, the American actor appeared in his first television series, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers before obtaining substantive roles in Explorers, in 1985 and Stand by Me, in 1986. The handsome young man soon became a teen heartthrob with such features as Little Nikita, in 1988 and played a young Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in 1989. With Gus van Sant's My Own Private Idaho, in 1991, the actor was acclaimed as the leading man of his generation. However although he publicly espoused a strong and sensitive vegan, eco-friendly and social consciousness, River Phoenix was addicted to hard drugs, probably to deal with the pressure of celebrity and his difficulty to acclimate himself to modern life after he had been brought up in such an unorthodox environment. The 'vegan James Dean ' soon fell into a torturous slide. In October 1993, River and his siblings, Rain and Joaquin partied at Johnny Depp's Los Angeles club, the Viper Room. The actor took and explosive cocktail of drugs and soon collapsed dead outside the club under the eyes of his panicked sister and brother. His death immediately shocked fans and the media, marking the end of the innocence of a disillusioned Generation X. And although from that day, friends and family have refused to speak about River Phoenix, he highly impacted pop culture and inspired many posthumous tributes from rock bands such as R.E.M and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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River Phoenix by Brice Weber for Vogue US, 1990
River Phoenix by Brice Weber for Vogue US, 1990
River Phoenix by Brice Weber for Vogue US, 1990
River Phoenix by Brice Weber for Vogue US, 1990
River Phoenix by Brice Weber for Vogue US, 1990
River Phoenix by Brice Weber for Vogue US, 1990
River Phoenix, 1990s
River Phoenix, 1990s
River Phoenix, 1990s
River Phoenix, 1990s
River Phoenix on the set of My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
River Phoenix on the set of My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix by Bruce Weber for Interview Magazine, 1991
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix by Bruce Weber for Interview Magazine, 1991
River Phoenix, 1980s
River Phoenix, 1980s
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix by Bruce Weber for Interview Magazine, 1991
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix by Bruce Weber for Interview Magazine, 1991
River Phoenix by Bonnie Schiffman. Los Angeles 1987
River Phoenix by Bonnie Schiffman. Los Angeles 1987
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix by Bruce Weber for Interview Magazine, 1991
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix by Bruce Weber for Interview Magazine, 1991
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix by Bruce Weber for Interview Magazine, 1991
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix by Bruce Weber for Interview Magazine, 1991
Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix in Little Nikita directed by Richard Benjamin, 1988
Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix in Little Nikita directed by Richard Benjamin, 1988
Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix in Little Nikita directed by Richard Benjamin, 1988
Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix in Little Nikita directed by Richard Benjamin, 1988
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix by Bruce Weber for Interview Magazine, 1991
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix by Bruce Weber for Interview Magazine, 1991
River Phoenix and Sidney Poitier in Little Nikita directed by Richard Benjamin, 1988
River Phoenix and Sidney Poitier in Little Nikita directed by Richard Benjamin, 1988
River Phoenix, Judd Hirsch, Christine Lathi and Jonas Abry for Running on Empty directed by Sidney Lumet, 1988
River Phoenix, Judd Hirsch, Christine Lathi and Jonas Abry for Running on Empty directed by Sidney Lumet, 1988
River Phoenix in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade directed by Steven Spielberg, 1989
River Phoenix in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade directed by Steven Spielberg, 1989
River Phoenix in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade directed by Steven Spielberg, 1989
River Phoenix in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade directed by Steven Spielberg, 1989
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix for My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix for My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
River Phoenix in I Love You to Death directed by Lawrence Kasdan, 1990
River Phoenix in I Love You to Death directed by Lawrence Kasdan, 1990
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix by Bruce Weber for Interview Magazine, 1991
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix by Bruce Weber for Interview Magazine, 1991
Joan Plowright, Keanu Reeves, River Phoenix and William Hurt in I Love You to Death directed by Lawrence Kasdan, 1990
Joan Plowright, Keanu Reeves, River Phoenix and William Hurt in I Love You to Death directed by Lawrence Kasdan, 1990
River Phoenix in My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
River Phoenix in My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix for My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix for My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
River Phoenix for Silent Tongue directed by Sam Shepard, 1993
River Phoenix for Silent Tongue directed by Sam Shepard, 1993
Richard Harris and River Phoenix for Silent Tongue directed by Sam Shepard, 1993
Richard Harris and River Phoenix for Silent Tongue directed by Sam Shepard, 1993
River Phoenix for Silent Tongue directed by Sam Shepard, 1993
River Phoenix for Silent Tongue directed by Sam Shepard, 1993
River Phoenix by Bonnie Schiffman. Los Angeles 1987
River Phoenix by Bonnie Schiffman. Los Angeles 1987
River Phoenix, 1990s
River Phoenix, 1990s
River Phoenix in Dark Blood directed by George Sluizer, 2012
River Phoenix in Dark Blood directed by George Sluizer, 2012
River Phoenix in Dark Blood directed by George Sluizer, 2012
River Phoenix in Dark Blood directed by George Sluizer, 2012
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix for My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix for My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
River Phoenix by Nancy Ellison, 1991
River Phoenix by Nancy Ellison, 1991
River Phoenix by Nancy Ellison, 1991
River Phoenix by Nancy Ellison, 1991
River Phoenix by Brice Weber for Vogue US, 1990
River Phoenix by Brice Weber for Vogue US, 1990
River Phoenix by Brice Weber for Vogue US, 1990
River Phoenix by Brice Weber for Vogue US, 1990
River Phoenix by Brice Weber for Vogue US, 1990
River Phoenix by Brice Weber for Vogue US, 1990
River Phoenix by Peggy Sirota, 1990s
River Phoenix by Peggy Sirota, 1990s
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix by Bruce Weber for Interview Magazine, 1991
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix by Bruce Weber for Interview Magazine, 1991
River Phoenix by Robin Platzer, 1990
River Phoenix by Robin Platzer, 1990
River Phoenix on the set of My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
River Phoenix on the set of My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
River Phoenix by Nancy R. Schiff, 1990s
River Phoenix by Nancy R. Schiff, 1990s
River Phoenix by Yoshi Ohara, 1990s
River Phoenix by Yoshi Ohara, 1990s
River Phoenix by Yoshi Ohara, 1990s
River Phoenix by Yoshi Ohara, 1990s
River Phoenix, 1990s
River Phoenix, 1990s
River Phoenix by Yoshi Ohara, 1990s
River Phoenix by Yoshi Ohara, 1990s
River Phoenix by Nancy R. Schiff, 1991
River Phoenix by Nancy R. Schiff, 1991
River Phoenix in My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
River Phoenix in My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
River Phoenix by Nancy R. Schiff, 1991
River Phoenix by Nancy R. Schiff, 1991
River Phoenix by Yoshi Ohara, 1990s
River Phoenix by Yoshi Ohara, 1990s
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix on the set of My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix on the set of My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix on the set of My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix on the set of My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
River Phoenix by Brice Weber for Vogue US, 1990
River Phoenix by Brice Weber for Vogue US, 1990
River Phoenix in My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
River Phoenix in My Own Private Idaho directed by Gus Van Sant, 1991
River Phoenix, 1990s
River Phoenix, 1990s
River Phoenix in The Thing Called Love directed by Peter Bogdanovich, 1993
River Phoenix in The Thing Called Love directed by Peter Bogdanovich, 1993
River Phoenix, 1980s
River Phoenix, 1980s
River Phoenix by Michael Tighe, 1993
River Phoenix by Michael Tighe, 1993
River Phoenix by Michael Tighe, 1993
River Phoenix by Michael Tighe, 1993
River Phoenix by Michael Tighe, 1993
River Phoenix by Michael Tighe, 1993
River Phoenix by Michael Tighe, 1993
River Phoenix by Michael Tighe, 1993
River Phoenix by Michael Tighe, 1993
River Phoenix by Michael Tighe, 1993
River Phoenix by John Huba, 1992
River Phoenix by John Huba, 1992
River Phoenix by Michael Tighe, 1980s
River Phoenix by Michael Tighe, 1980s
River Phoenix and Suzanne Solgot by Bruce Weber for Voge US, 1990
River Phoenix and Suzanne Solgot by Bruce Weber for Voge US, 1990
Martha Plimpton and River Phoenix, 61st Annual Academy Awards, 1989
Martha Plimpton and River Phoenix, 61st Annual Academy Awards, 1989
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1993
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1993
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
River Phoenix, 1990s
River Phoenix, 1990s
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1993
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1993
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1993
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1993
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
River Phoenix by Lance Staedler, 1980s
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